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In the Atlantic, survivors of a shipwreck aboard a raft have a whale for company till their safe rescue

Sinking of the "Titania," October 16, 1865, artist's impression, detail
The small brig Titania left Philadelphia on October 9, 1865, bound for Mobile, Alabama with a load of coal and hay but four days later was leaking badly after a storm.  The crew had time to construct a raft and when the Titania sank the nine men and one woman aboard were able to survive at sea, closely accompanied curiously for hours by a large whale, before being picked up the next day by boats of the U.S.S. Florida.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Wreck of the "Titania," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 4, 1865, p. 603.